It’s kind of a running joke that Ari and I both have no idea how to cook yet decided to start our own food blog. Just because we don’t know how to make food doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate it, right? Well, I’m sure you’ve seen that Ari is definitely gaining a whole new appreciation for food this summer, and I’ve decided to follow in her footsteps. We’re both living on our own until August, so cooking isn’t really an option anymore—it’s a necessity. No college kid can really afford to go out to eat seven days a week on a summer internship salary. Alas, it’s time to learn to cook… or starve.

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Once I moved into my new apartment, the first thing I did was hitch a ride to the grocery store with one of my roommates. I needed to buy the essentials, and I was on a pretty strict budget considering that I hadn’t even started work yet. Plus, there are a very limited number of things I know how to make outside of a microwave… well, actually just two things: eggs and pasta.

Here’s a tip for anyone out there who is moving into a new apartment: don’t buy eggs and pasta if you don’t have pots or pans.

Oblivious as always, I hadn’t brought a single cooking utensil from home. No pots, pans, silverware, plates… absolutely nothing. I didn’t even think to buy any at the store. It looked like it was going to be microwavable meals for the next few weeks. But guess what—I didn’t even have a microwave.

Okay, so now what? Skip dinner? No, I hate skipping meals. It was time to do a little research. I headed straight to Google and typed in: “how to cook eggs in the oven”. I wasn’t really expecting much of a result; I mean, who ever heard of baking eggs?

Well, apparently it’s a thing. It’s technically called making “hard-cooked eggs”.

Hard-cooked eggs? Like hard-boiled eggs? Not exactly. You cook them in the oven, but you get the same result. The best part is you don’t need a pot! Just an oven, eggs, and some cold water. Now that’s dinner on a budget.

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1. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

 

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2. As for cooking the eggs, you can either put them in a muffin tin or just let the sit on the oven rack itself. One of the main advantages to cooking eggs in the oven is that you aren’t limited by the space of the pot. Here, I cooked a dozen eggs all at once.

 

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3. After cooking the eggs for 25-30 minutes, grab an oven mitt (or a paper towel in my case) and put them in ice water to cool for about ten minutes. This makes them much easier to peel.Or, if you don’t have enough ice or bowls (the eggs will be hot so they’ll melt the ice pretty quickly) you can make an egg jacuzzi!

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Put the eggs in a bowl and put the bowl in the sink under the faucet. Turn the water on as cold as it will go and wait until the eggs become cold to the touch. After that I let them sit in the cold water in the fridge for a few minutes, and started peeling. Worked like a charm. I even made some egg salad after. Look at me go!

Guess I won’t starve after all. Stay tuned for more cooking adventures, and leave me some cooking advice/suggestions in the comments!

-Alex